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Jaishankar discusses furthering ties with UAE Crown Prince


NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks on advancement of strategic cooperation between India and the UAE in the post-Covid era during the minister’s two-nation trip.

The two exchanged views on important regional and international issues, with the visit soon after UAE established formal ties with Israel. Israeli ambassador had in an interview to ET advocated trilateral cooperation. India and UAE share strong anti-terror cooperation and Jaishankar affirmed that New Delhi will keep the global spotlight on cross-border terrorism and on the epicentre of the global menace. He applauded the courage of India’s security forces for continuing to defend the country. “Will keep the global spotlight firmly on the menace of cross-border terrorism against India. And on the epicentre of global terrorism,” he tweeted.

On Tuesday and Wednesday Jaishankar was in Bahrain, which also normalised ties with Israel. India and Bahrain have decided to further defence partnership including maritime security cooperation when Jaishankar met top leadership of Bahrain, officials said.

“Thank HH @MohamedBinZayed for receiving me on arrival at Abu Dhabi. Conveyed the greetings and good wishes of PM @narendramodi. UAE’s care and consideration of its large Indian community is deeply appreciated,” Jaishankar tweeted late Wednesday night. “Discussed advancing our strategic cooperation in the post-Covid era. Exchanged views on important regional and international issues,” he added.

Jaishankar will also discuss ways for Indian workers to resume their jobs in UAE in the post-Covid scenario. More than three million Indians work in UAE. The two nations have maintained close high-level contacts during the pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Zayed Al Nahyan during the pandemic. Jaishankar himself has also spoken to the UAE foreign minister several times in the past few months. They also co-chaired the India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting in September 2020.

A meeting of the High Level Task Force on Investments was co-chaired by the minister of commerce and industry and railways and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority chairman in early November. Jaishankar will visit Seychelles shortly to meet President Ramkalawan. The visit is to understand the new president’s development priorities to strengthen bilateral cooperation. Seychelles has made an exemption allowing the visit to take place despite strict quarantine norms. EAM will be the first high level visitor the new President would receive.

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